Social Worlds in 100 Objects

Social Worlds in 100 Objects is an innovative project that provides a social science perspective to everyday objects. It is inspired by the popular BBC Radio 4 series ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’, a 2010 partnership between the BBC and the British Museum.

The project, initiated by Dr Jane Pilcher from the Department of Sociology, provides a social science angle to everyday objects through short articles written by University of Leicester academics. Drawing on their specialist research, academics from the College of Social Sciences deliver interesting and thought-provoking perspectives on objects in and out of the home, which might just change your perceptions on the things around us.

The Postcard: Wish you were here?

Dr Sarah Hodgkinson Staff Photo

By Dr Sarah Hodgkinson, Senior Lecturer, Department of Criminology, University of Leicester The postcard, a friendly hello from a far away place – or is it? Dr Sarah Hodgkinson from the Department of Criminology examines the evolution of dark tourism, and questions the moral implications of opening up tragic sites for mass consumption.

Social Words in 100 objects – The Sweatband

Oliver Williams

The Sweatband: the moral arbiter of our time? Someone wiping the sweat from their brow is a classic image of physical labour; as a gesture it can be considered a synonym for hard work. The sweatband is an object that assumes the wearer will be working up a sweat usually during some form of physical […]

Social Worlds in 100 objects – The Football

The football: a ‘simple’ game? Something looking like a football, in shape and size, has probably been used in forms of play almost since the beginning of human civilisation itself. But, played from the 2nd to 3rd centuries BC, and used as part of a military training exercise, the Chinese game cuju, using a feather-stuffed […]

Social Worlds in 100 objects – The Undergarment

Christiana Tsaousi

The undergarment:  a tool for fashioning female identity? The Social Science of the World in 100 Objects is an innovative project that provides a social science perspective to everyday objects. It is inspired by the popular BBC Radio 4 series ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’, a 2010 partnership between the BBC and […]

The Social Science of the World in 100 objects – The Nuclear Bomb

Andrew Futter

The nuclear bomb: destroyers of planets? The Social Science of the World in 100 Objects is an innovative project that provides a social science perspective to everyday objects. It is inspired by the popular BBC Radio 4 series ‘The History of the World in 100 Objects’, a 2010 partnership between the BBC and the British […]